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Bautista sixth in 200th GP whilst Redding equals season best result

Bautista sixth in 200th GP whilst Redding equals season best result

Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista took sixth place at Phillip Island, finishing as the best placed Honda rider at checkered flag in a race that marked his 200th Grand Prix start in the World Championship.

His teammate, Scott Redding, was immediately behind him on the finish line in seventh place, equaling his best result of the season, obtained in March in the season opener in Qatar.

Starting from the sixth row Bautista was immediately in 12th position at the start, but was able to complete a difficult race without making mistakes, despite having suffered the same rear grip issues to he had throughout the whole weekend. In the final stages, the Spaniard engaged in a battle with Hector Barbera and with his teammate, only to be beaten by his compatriot by just 65 thousandths of a second.

Thanks to the seventh place, Redding was again the top Open Class Honda RCV1000R rider, despite a mistake in the early laps of the race, which made him slip back to 20th position. The British rookie came back, keeping a good pace, battling in the end for a top five finish with teammate Bautista and Barbera.

Bautista stated, “We got the best possible result, the maximum we could expect. During the race I had the same bad feelings I had throughout the whole weekend. In addition, in the last few laps the rear tyre dropped down a lot, beginning to spin also in the straight. For this reason I couldn’t push hard in the final stages to try to open a gap from the riders with whom I was battling. Anyway, today we faced a difficult race, with many crashes, and it was definitely not easy to finish the race. We did it, so we must be happy for that.”

“However, it’s clear that I’m not happy, because I still don’t find myself comfortable with the bike and I hope that in Malaysia the situation can improve, since I have a good memory of the test we have carried out there last February.”

Redding reflected, “I was in fifth going into the last corner, but Barbera and Alvaro passed me to the finish line thanks to their more powerful bikes, so I’m a little bit gutted for that because it would have been nice to make a top five finish today, even though I know that many riders crashed.”

“I made a mistake in the early stages of the race. I almost hit the back of Hernandez and I went straight into Turn 4, losing four seconds, so I had to recover and catch up the other Open Honda bikes. Then I started to find my rhythm and it was good battling with Hayden and Alvaro. I also managed to open a little gap, but in the end the more powerful Honda and Ducati bikes started to catch me, therefore we fought all the way until the last corner. It was a really nice race, I enjoyed it a lot!”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Scott Redding, Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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